The Nepal Medical Council has decided to suspend the medical licence of Dr Nutan Sharma, a gynaecologist at Alka Hospital, for three months on the charge of performing sex-selective abortions. The NMC, which reached the decision on Sunday, is expected to announce it on Wednesday.
A highly placed source at the NMC said the ethical committee of the council made the decision following the study of complaints. Dr Sharma was dragged into a controversy after a person came to her clinic with a spy-camera and asked her to conduct sex-selective abortion. The complaint was lodged at the PM’s Office which later asked the NMC to take action against Dr Sharma two years ago.
Dr Sharma maintains she was framed and that the person who recorded their conversation has been black-mailing her. She also claimed that the NMC took the decision to punish her now, years after the complaint was recorded, to show that they were working at a time when the Mathema committee has just come up with its report on Health Profession Education Policy, which recommends curtailing the council’s rights.